Recently, Microsoft released a new iPhone app for its SkyDrive service. For those of you who are not aware, SkyDrive is a Google Docs-like service which lets you store your files in the cloud and access them anywhere in the world using a web browser.
SkyDrive may not be as popular as Google Docs but it has its own significant user base. And with that, Microsoft is treating these users with a mobile app for iPhone which is currently available as a free download from the App Store.
Here, we give you a full review of SkyDrive, paying attention to what it can do and what it is not able to do as of now.
Skydrive for iPhone – Features
Obviously, you need to have a SkyDrive account to use the iPhone app. If you haven’t created an account yet, now is the right time to do so. If you use Windows Hotmail, Windows Messenger, or XBOX Live, chances are you already have a SkyDrive account. If you don’t use any of those Microsoft services yet, you may sign up for a new account at SkyDrive.com.
After creating a SkyDrive account, you may now download and install the app on your iPhone. By doing so, you’ll enjoy some nice features such as the ability to access all your files that you’ll store in the SkyDrive cloud server and even those files shared with you by other SkyDrive users.
The app also lets you view recently viewed documents, upload photos or videos directly from your iPhone, share a link to any file using email, as well as create folders, delete files or folders.
Using SkyDrive iPhone App
The first time you fire up the app you will be asked to sign in to your Windows SkyDrive account. And that’s it, you can now start using the app on your iPhone. The first thing that you should check out are the four options available for you, located at the bottom of your iPhone’s screen. These options are – Files, Recent, Share, and Settings.
Choosing Files brings you to the app’s default main screen display a list of files you’ve stored on your SkyDrive account. For documents, the list will display the folder icon side-by-side with some information about that folder including the number of items stored, the date it was uploaded and the names of people who can access the folder.
Selecting the folder will give you to files it contains and then you can select which file to view. While viewing files, whether documents, images or videos, you will have the option to share it by sending the link to the file, add more photos or videos, create another folder, or view the current file opened in thumbnail view.
When viewing a photo, you’ll have the option to download it to your phone’s image library or share a link that will allow people to view and edit your file or just view it.
The next option is Recent which display the files that you’ve most recently viewed. The Shared option display the list of files or folder which you have shared. And finally, the Settings option gives the account synched to the app as well as the app’s “About” information. You may also sign out from your account in this view.
That pretty much sums up what Skydrive iPhone app is all about. Some may say that it lacks the full features of Google Doc app. But hey, who knows, Microsoft may update it, later on, to bring in some more nifty features. So, you might want to give it a chance as it is a very nice alternative to other file sharing apps available for the iPhone.
The good thing here is that like Google Docs, SkyDrive is tied up with your Microsoft Live account. So, there’s some connectivity after all.